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Continental Renames Urban Waste Transport Tires

  • New naming system spells out vehicle classification, axle, and application
  • Designed to let tire dealers and fleets pinpoint application and usage at a glance
  • Conti HAU 3 WT tire and retread and ContiTread HDU 3 WT retread


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FORT MILL, S.C. – June 4, 2019.  Continental, one of the largest automotive suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, has renamed its commercial waste transport tires and retreads for improved clarity. The new nomenclature is descriptive and easy to use, ensuring that tire dealers and fleets are able to pinpoint the tire’s application and usage at a glance.


The new name spells out the vehicle classification, axle configuration, and application for which the tire was designed. The Conti HAU 3 WT is a heavy truck tire, designed for All-Position use, in Urban applications, for Waste Transport.


It is available as a new tire in 315/80R22.5 Load Range L, and as a retread in 210-280 mm widths. The four-rib tread pattern with zigzag grooves resists high scrub, and extra sidewall protection delivers resistance to curbs and cuts. Continental’s innovative tread compound provides outstanding mileage and heat reduction, while the advanced bead design offers increased durability and resistance to brake heat. As of May, the tire is available under the new name, Conti HAU 3 WT, as well as main sizes of the retread, ContiTread HAU 3 WT. Renaming of the additional retread sizes will occur over the next several months.


In the same family, the ContiTread HDU 3 WT is a heavy truck pattern, designed for Drive axle use, in Urban applications, for Waste Transport. It is available as a retread in 210-280 mm widths. The wide variety of widths ensure the retread can accurately fit all major casing sizes available on the market, delivering the best retread performance. The deep 32/32” tread depth and open-shoulder tread design offer excellent traction, while notches prevent heat build-up. It is anticipated to be available under the new name, ContiTread HDU 3 WT, starting in August.


Roll Off Systems, a waste transportation company in Statham, Ga., is using all Continental tires and retreads on their fleet of urban waste front-loaders and construction roll-offs. The fleet maintenance manager said he prefers the Continental waste transport tires because they are durable, he can retread them multiple times, and they are easy to repair. “The quality of the tire is excellent, both new and for retreadability. We don’t have sidewalls blown out, we don’t have tire failures. We typically get two retreads on a casing,” he pointed out. “What impresses me the most is the service we get out of them, their durability, and that they’re easy to repair.”


One of the largest automotive suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, Continental develops pioneering technologies to make fleets safer, more efficient, and more connected. With innovative tire technology and digital fleet solutions, Continental optimizes tire lifecycle management to deliver the Lowest Overall Driving Cost.

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Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2018, Continental generated sales of €44.4 billion and currently employs around 245,000 people in 60 countries and markets.


The Tire division has 24 production and development locations worldwide. As one of the leading tire manufacturers with around 56,000 employees, the division posted sales of €11.4 billion in 2018. Continental ranks among the technology leaders in tire production and offers a broad product range for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and two-wheelers. Through continuous investment in R&D, Continental makes a major contribution to safe, cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility. The Tire division’s portfolio includes services for the tire trade and for fleet applications, as well as digital management systems for commercial vehicle tires.